Course Schedule 2022

Our 2022 course schedule is listed below. Click on a date to view a course overview. If you would like to find out more about any of our Course Tutors, please visit our Course Tutors page. For further practical course details and prices, please visit our Art Courses Overview page.

Feb 26th - 29th :

Feb 27th - March 2rd: Soraya French

Mixed Media workshop covering a broad range of media and subject matter with an emphasis on exciting texture effects

Mar 2th - 5th: Chris Forsey

 My painting courses at Dedham Hall are best suited to those who have some painting experience and a re able to tackle painting in a variety and combination of water based media and extend their knowledge and technique in painting landscape subjects.

Mar 5th - 12th: Roger Dellar

Painting Oils - Working in the studio from Portrait, the figure and Still Life.  Roger will show you how to work from tonal planes of teh face and human form, seeing shapes as shapes rather than just documenting features. By this method you will be able to det a likeness quickly, directly and with a painterly effect.  Most sessions will have two models #(see booking form)

Mar 19th - 26th: John Hoar

John Hoar, born 1947, is one of Britain's best known watercolourists through his instructional DVD's made by Town House Films.  In 2016 he represented Britain's artists at teh 2nd Quingdao International Watercolour Salon in China. At Dedham Hall he will be demonstrating both on location and in the studio how to make free and simple watercolours and also the (very popular) use of pen-and-ink and wash.

Mar 26th - 30th: Steve Hall


Mar 30th - 2nd April: Jane Evans

 Chinese Brush Painting

2nd - 9th April: Kim Page

 Watercolour and Mixed Media

April 9th - 16th : Ann Swan

Drawn to Botany


Apr 16th - 23rd: Jem Bowden

Spring Watercolour En Plein Air 


Join Jem, just before the trees burst into leaf, to develop your watercolours literally in the field, at picturesque costal and village locations and around the idyll that is our base.  There will be boats, water, trees, skies, buildings and even the odd figure!

Jem's courses are designed with the 'serious improver' especially in mind.  Some experience of watercolour is assumed, as is a desire to venture forth into the great outdoors.  We'll see that painting is all about relationships.  Within the frame is an ecosystem where everything effects everything else.  Treating all our painting as 'just practice' and being willing to take chances are key to making progress, and 'enjoying the process' is easier when there's a spirit of adventure in each brush mark.  The observed world and the watercolour medium will occupy us equally.  Personal interpretation emerges from these combined with the student/artist psychology - leading to interesting insights and conversations!

The course will go in depth on fundamentals, such as composition, control of tone, edges, colour, perspective and scale in drawing and how we can move towards an 'impression' or so-called 'looseness'. Tuition will be through demonstrations, discussion, some studio-based technique sessions and by occasional reference to renowned greats of watercolour.  Students will receive much encouragement from Jem and individual guidance according to their needs.

NB, There will be some travel by car and some walking with our equipment on various terrains.  Please refer to Jem's suggested Materials list on his website and don't hesitate to contact him if you would like to discuss whether the course is appropriate for you.

April 23rd - 30th: Wendy Jelbert and Paul Robinson

Images of Dedham. Not only Constable painted this lovely part of Britain, but you too can capture its beautiful landscape of wonderful trees, rivers and fine buildings. We shall concentrate on flowers, foliage, and many other subjects, hoping that there will be fun for everyone.

Paul will be using pen, line and wash in buildings and sketchbooks, and Wendy will be using watercolours, acrylics and mixed media.  We will be working in the studio, and outside. Also there will be the introduction of “Taking Risks”. This will show the use of monoprinting, collage and coloured inks and Brusho paints…taking you away from your comfort zone! A materials list will follow on later.   Wendy has written 39 art books and made 12 art dvds. Paul is a registered Architect.

Apr 30th - 7th May: Steve Hall

 Spring into Art - An opportunity to get your watercolour painting underway along the coast and in the countryside of East Anglia.

May 7th - 14th Winston Oh


May 9th - 14th : Melanie Cambridge

An opportunity to hone your skills, build confidence in handling oil colour and create successful paintings you can be proud of. Painting with opaque and translucent colours combined with cold wax medium (supplied by the tutor) for textural effects to create depth and richness in your paintings. The course has been structured to include some technical sessions in the studio, demonstrations, and time to sit and paint within the grounds as well as on location around the picturesque Dedham Vale.  Melanie will be on hand to offer one to one support whenever you need it, alongside demonstrations and group critique sessions when appropriate.

May 14th - 21st: Lynda Appleby

The course is based on the gathering of resources through drawing, colour observation and photographs on site, followed by the building up of finishes paintings in the studio. Lynda’s teaching emphasizes the importance of a sound understanding of the use of tone, scale, composition and colour to create exciting and dynamic work. This offers the best opportunity to portray the beautiful local environment of Dedham whatever the weather and in either watercolour or acrylics.

May 21st - 28th: Herman Pekel

Be brave and have fun with watercolour. In this workshop students will work with the tutor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily in individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step by step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking.  Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint.  Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work.  Learn to get started with new ideas in a way which is fun and fast. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create and impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolour. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes focusing on various techniques.  Expect to be challenged, to be brave and to have fun.  Students are encouraged to bring their own images (no other artists) to work from and previous work for Herman's approval.

May 28th - June 4th: Keith Hornblower

Watercolour  with Passion

My approach to watercolour is lively and entertaining, de-mystifying the medium and dispelling the fear of white paper. We will paint with freedom and spontaneity, with the emphasis on tone (or value) to make your paintings burst with light. The course is suitable for all abilities, although some experience with watercolour is preferred.

We will explore this beautiful location and paint en plein air whenever possible, with a daily demonstration showing you techniques and approaches to set you on your way.  You are then assured of plenty of guidance with your own work.

June 4th - 11th: Winston Oh



June14th - 17th: Soraya French

Flowers and Landscape in Mixed Media

June 18th - 25th: Roger Dellar

Painting Plein Air and capturing the scene in under 2 1/2 hours and producing a painterly and impressionistic painting. Advice will be given on how to select the scene, looking for composition and how to provide the essence of the subject. Also advice will be given on equipment, colour mixing, paint application and the use of brush and palette knife, how to use a pochard box for quick colour sketches and how to travel with a minimum of equipment. Painting outside in oils but bring photographic references in case of bad weather.

June 25th - 2nd July: David Howell

Landscape and Marine Painting

July 2nd - 9th: Ian McManus

During the course, Ian will guide you through the entire process of producing better watercolour paintings.  He will show you how to improve the initial drawing of your scene, demonstrate the importance of composition and design, perspective, and how to use colour and tone to give your paintings narrative, atmosphere and impact. Students will be painting en plein air weather permitting, and also working in the studio. Subjects will range from local scenes to anything of interest using photographic references. Working with Ian will provide you with the foundations you need to continue improving your paintings at your own pace.

July 9th - 16th: Chris Forsey

Taking our inspiration from the landscape of 'Constable Country' and the local coast, Chris's friendly and informative tuition will take you from monochrome and watercolour sketches and photos, done on location to finished mixed media and acrylic paintings in the studio.  Guidance will be given on maximising the sketching and information gathering process, colour, composition and guides to mixed media approaches and techniques.

July 18th - 23rd: Andy Evansen

 There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor.  I hear from my students all the time.  It's easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.

Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However there are techniques that can speed up this process.

My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene.  These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium. Too often the 'found edges', or details take over the painter's thinking process and the result is a tight watercolour.

We will move on toward color paintings with a lot of individual help and complete a color painting lesson together.  Demonstration paintings will be done by Andy every day to reinforce the day's lessons.

In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.  This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.

There will be five full days of painting from Monday to Friday inclusive.

August 15th - 20th: Amanda Hyatt

Amanda is an 'alla prima' artist, painting 'at the first go'. She is instinctive and aims to create an expressive effect directly, immediately and spontaneously to achieve the final look in one session. This requires skillful manipulation of the brushes and the medium, working quickly and with 30 years experience she is a master of alla prima watercolour.  She strives to create a sense of light and energy in her work which attract the viewer via their immediate reaction to the play of tones, contrast of darks and lights, and her omission of unnecessary detail...making every brush stroke matter. She aims to continue this lineage by transmitting this knowledge to students via her many teaching workshops.  A combination of sensuality and intellect characterise this artist.

Aug 20th - 27th: Steve Hall

East Anglia - Coast and Country - Watercolour


Wed 31st Aug - 3rd September: Soraya French

Flowers and Landscape in Mixed Media

September 3rd - 10th: Ann Swan

Drawn to Botany

September 10th - 17th: Andrew Pitt

This course is for anyone who has tried watercolour and been disappointed with their painting.  Teaching will be by watching demonstrations, but you will also receive individual guidance according to your experience.  The emphasis will be on painting fresh, lively watercolours in a simple, straightforward way - tricks and shortcut gimmicks are not a feature of this cours4e.  The aim is to capture the essence of teh scene and preserve the elusive properties of watercolour which many of us find attractive.

September 17th - 24th: Winston Oh


September 24th - 1st October : John Hoar

 John Hoar, born in 1947, is one of Britain's best known watercolourists through his instructional DVD's made by Town House Films.  In 2016 he represented Britain's artists at the 2nd Quigdao International Watercolour Salon in China.  At Dedham Hall he will be demonstrating both on location and in the studio how to make free and simple watercolours and also the (very popular), use of pen-and-ink and wash

October 1st - 5th: Steve Hall

 East Anglia Landscape in Acrylic

October 5th - 8th: Anne Barnham

The aim of this course is to encourage confidence in watercolour through understanding the techniques that apply to this wonderful and exciting medium.  We will work in the studio and also surrounding areas according to the weather and there will be demonstrations in the evenings.  The course will be fairly intense with many lighthearted moments.

October 18th - 21st: Jane Evans

 Chinese Brush Painting

Oct 22nd - 29th: Roger Dellar

Studio works in Oil working from photos and developing up pictures from smaller studies with a possibility of working from Still Life or Portrait.  Covering all oil techniques.

October 29th - November 2nd: Anne McCormack

A chance to explore the quality and excitement that can be achieved through water based medium.  We will be experimenting with a variety of painting techniques, combined with dynamic-composition. Subjects in still life and interior scenes will be used to study this theme.  This studio based course is suitable for all levels of painting skills.

Nov 7th - Nov 14th: Carole Massey

Portraiture, own choice of medium

Carole is a popular and experienced tutor who will help to demystify the process of portrait painting for you. We start with a “warm up” day to improve observation and drawing skills, studying proportions, structure, the features, getting a likeness and skin tones.

On subsequent days we will be working from models, starting with several short poses before going on to paint or draw a longer pose in watercolour, pastel or acrylics – your choice. At the end of each day there will be an appraisal to evaluate the day’s work.

Nov Mon 14th - Thu 17th; Jake Winkle

Going Wild in Watercolour


Learn to paint bold loose animals and willdlife with the Artist Magazine's Jake Winkle. Via paint and follow demonstrations Jake will guide you through some of his techniques and visions to capture the spirit and energy of his subject.  All reference photos will be supplied by the tutor and don't worry about your drawing ability as tracing options are provided.